On Love and Dust: two poems by Linda Imbler; art by Bea Garth

 

"What The Iguana Told Him" pen and ink by Bea Garth, copyright 1997/2018

“What The Iguana Told Him” pen and ink by Bea Garth, copyright 1997/2018

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The Seven Sons of Zachariah

by Linda Imbler, copyright 2018

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All seven sons of Zachariah,
Had talents bona fide,
This father more pariah than messiah,
Necromantic personified.

The first son claimed he spoke to animals,
And that they answered back,
The second son could change appearance,
His hair from blonde to black.

Number three sang like a bird,
He literally warbled.
The fourth could curse you with bad luck,
And make your situation horrible.

Five and six were always together,
Between them they planned,
For short times their control of weather,
Each an arcane weatherman.

Leaving number seven,
The seventh son, the last,
Born outside a dolmen,
His gift stands unsurpassed.

No healer he, nor miner be,
As legend is suggestive of,
He’s the only one in the family,
Who ever learned to love.

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The Horror of Dust

by Linda Imbler, copyright 2018

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Dustbowl days have found us with stiff masks,
choking, and parched, for love’s morality.

This darkness threatens us.

We seek relief, sustenance
from the deeply rooted grasses torn, displaced.

Malefaction is all that is blooming.

On the still screen, the dead lie shriveled-stilled,
a common enough image every day.

There’s no tears from the sky to ease the furious winds of war.
No tears. Eyes seer. On cracked ground
where feed sack skin hangs from skeletal frames,
much deprived of the sensible beating of hearts with hope.

Safety and serenity lie as fossils on barren, infertile land.

Yet, we must still offer prayers for truce; send them to seed the sky,
with old memory of peaceful footprints,
even though no longer evident from these vapid eyes,
before eternal desolation and the darkness of the dust
envelops us all and the wind takes us.

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Bio: Linda Imbler is the author of the published poetry collection “Big Questions, Little Sleep.” Her work has appeared in numerous journals.
Linda’s creative process and a current, complete listing of sites which have or will publish her work can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.
This writer, yoga practitioner, and classical guitar player lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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Bio: Bea Garth is the originator/editor of Eos: The Creative Context. She is also an accomplished artist, poet, and sometimes commentator. She has recently moved back to her beloved Pacific Northwest and is often found busy restarting her art career. Currently she is preparing for a two person show at the Art and Wine Gallery Cerulean in Portland Oregon’s Pearl  district. The art opening is on Thursday evening, February 1, 2018. For more info, go to https://beagarthart.com.



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